Just four days ago Barny Boatman found himself nearing the final table of the €3,250 Eight Max Pot Limit Omaha event with a chance at winning his second bracelet. But the British poker pro fell one spot short of that final table and lost out on a chance to add another title to his resume.
He made up for that on Saturday at WSOP Europe in Berlin. Boatman beat a final table that included Shannon Shorr and the man who held the chip lead at the start of the day, Doug Lee, to finally grab his second bracelet and win €54,725 ($62,114 US)
“I was chip leader in that tournament when it was 11-handed. So I walked away thinking, ‘What have you done? That was your chance to make a final’,” admitted Boatman. “So coming back again, there was no way I was bubbling this final table. It was not going to happen.”
Boatman didn’t bubble the final table and made the most of his final table appearance and once only four players remained, he did all of the heavy lifting, eliminating every single remaining opponent.
Lee was the focus when the final table began. The much-maligned internet sensation had the chip lead at the start of the day and quickly eliminated Damian Pawlak in eighth. Grzegorz Grochulski then sent Pawel Bakiewicz in seventh before Lee got another victim, Dominik Maska, out in sixth.
That was the end of Lee’s dominance though. While the first three eliminations came in just a 90-minute span, play slowed for some time before Shorr busted Lee in fifth.
From there it seemed like Grochulski would cruise to the victory as he dominated table play and held well over half of the chips in play. But the veteran Boatman turned the tide and in a 15 minute span he busted Jose Obadia in fourth and Shorr in third leaving him heads-up with Grochulski.
Despite Boatman’s hot run, he actually trailed Grochulski by a 3-2 margin when heads-up play began. It took two nearly two full levels for Boatman to turn the tide in his favor again and eliminate Grochulski in second.
Final Table Payouts
- Barny Boatman – €54,725
- Grzegorz Grochulski – €33,910
- Shannon Shorr – €24,520
- Jose Obadia – €18,000
- Doug Lee – €13,220
- Dominik Maska – €9,980
- Pawel Bakiewicz – €7,560
- Damian Pawlak – €5,780